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Battleford’s Humane Society in Canada has been inundated with volunteers, donations and adoption requests after asking for help with the 20 abandoned puppies it’s taking care of. Hunter Greg Zubiak found the 3- to 6-week-old mixed breed puppies a week ago in the cold woods in Saskatchewan. He said they appeared to be abandoned that day with nothing but a blanket. Zubiak quickly took off his sweaters to warm the flea-covered pups and got them into his truck to go to the shelter. They’re all expected to make a full recovery, and the humane society is beginning to sort through the piles of adoption applications to find them good homes. — Read it at
The windows in high-rise buildings have long posed a danger to
birds, with billions being killed in window collisions every year. One solution has been to mark the glass with ultraviolet or reflective patterns so it becomes visible to birds, and they avoid flying into it. But a new study shows it doesn’t solve the problem for all
bird species. The patterns work for small passerines, gulls and parrots, who have a special type of color vision. But the patterns can be difficult for birds of prey, geese, pigeons and crows to detect. The study was published in the journal
PeerJ. — Read it at
Google hired Raffia the camel to sport a 360-degree camera on her hump, capturing footage of Abu Dhabi's Liwa Oasis. "With every environment and every location, we try to customize the capture and how we do it for that part of the environment," said Google spokeswoman Monica Baz. "In the case of Liwa we fashioned it in a way so that it goes on a camel so that it can capture imagery in the best, most authentic and least damaging way.” The 62-mile wide desert has some of the world’s biggest sand dunes. — Read it at
Just in time for Halloween, Pumpkin the Francois’ langur has given birth to her own bright orange baby at Chicago’s
Lincoln Park Zoo. The infant is the fifth offspring for Pumpkin and the baby’s father, Cartman, and was born on Sept. 30. Keepers at the
zoo don’t yet know the little one’s measurements or gender because it’s clinging tightly to the adult females.
Francois’ langurs have orange fur until they’re about 3 to 6 months old, when they begin to turn the black color of the adults. Scientists think the bright color allows other monkeys in the community to identify the young so they can help with parenting. “Older sister Orla has already shown her support by alloparenting, a process in which the other female monkeys take turns carrying and providing care to the young,” said the zoo’s curator of primates, Maureen Leahy. The Francois’ langur is endangered due to habitat loss and hunting. — Read it from the
Lincoln Park Zoo
Early Monday morning, a horse trotted right into the Cheshire Police station in England from a nearby field. The horse patiently waited as each of two sets of automatic glass doors slid open to allow him to enter the reception area. The horse was later escorted back through the doors to his home, and the amusing visit was caught on a surveillance video. Superintendent Peter Crowcroft had fun with giving a statement about the incident. “We were somewhat saddled with our unexpected guest, who in the early hours of the morning quickly became the mane event of the night shift," he said. "We like to ensure a warm welcome to all our guests at HQ, and at neigh point did the horse pose a risk to security and appeared to be a well cared for animal." — Watch it at
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